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BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at the Conway Hall, Brewers Hall and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions.
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: The Royal Institution of British Architects hosts a major retrospective dedicated to Edwin Smith. See more than 100 black and white photographs and join a curator's talk, every Friday at lunchtime. Prebook your place online. Free, until 5 December
BALFRON TOWER: Ernö Goldfinger's tower in Poplar hosts a photography exhibition called Transition, by four different photographers. The display documents the development of the tower and focuses on its divisive architecture. Free, 10-14 & 17-21 September
ART SHOW: The City & Guilds of London Art School in Kennington launches its MA Fine Art Show today. The exhibition features work from 19 students: expect painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking, photography, installation practice, time based and digital media. Free, until 14 September
RUM POP-UP: Enjoy an immersive rum experience at Kettner's in Soho. Nothing Compares to Havana is the name of the temporary Havana Club rum pop-up that teaches you how the Cuban spirit is made, and features a create-your-own-mojito session. There's a specially-designed Cuban menu, and your ticket includes two free drinks. £18, prebook, until 13 September
EARL BIOGRAPHY: Alex Larman, biographer of the Earl of Rochester is at Hatchards on Piccadilly to talk about his book, Blazing Star: The Life and Times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. Free, prebook, 1pm
RECOVERY CAFE: Shoreditch café Paper & Cup will be opening its doors tonight and every Wednesday evening for people in recovery from drug, alcohol and other addictions. Offering a welcoming haven in an abstinence-based environment, anyone can come along — with music nights planned in future. Free, just turn up to Paper & Cup, Calvert Avenue, E1 (just off Shoreditch High Street). 7 - 9pm, every Wednesday.
VEGAN FOOD: The Vortex in Dalston hosts a pop-up supper club, featuring three courses of gluten free and vegan food. They support local growing communities in East London by buying organic products from Stoke Newington farmers market. The menu is available on the website. £15, to prebook call 02079239532, 6.30pm
FREE FILM: Billy Wilder’s classic The Apartment screens in Peckham Library as part of the Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival. It’s preceded by short film Induction, made by Peckham residents. Free, just turn up, 7pm
GO VINTAGE: Drink, Shop & Do in King's Cross hosts a vintage hair and make-up session. You can just turn up and get your hair styled like a pin-up or wear vintage make-up, or both. £15/£10(cash), just turn up, from 7pm
ART TALK: Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery hosts a panel discussion about video art, connected to its current exhibition Sound and Vision. The discussion will be lead by our art contributor Tabish Khan. £4+bf, prebook, 7.30pm
LIVE MUSIC: English folk duo, Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston perform tonight at the Cecil Sharp House. Miranda’s double bass playing and remarkable voice will fascinate, coupled with Rex’s mandolin prowess. £12+bf, prebook, 7.30pm
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Good Cause of the Day
The Royal British Legion is calling on Londoners to visit www.everymanremembered.org and write messages of remembrance for Edward Luke Henry Bagot, Second Lieutenant from Chelsea, who died in WWI. The aim is to honour him and other soldiers like him, who died during the First World War.
From the Archive
On this day last year we shared this illustrative poster of the river Thames, by David Fathers. You can still purchase it on its creator's website.